Opiate Addiction Prevention
Opioid dependence can be crippling for many individuals; most do not notice the signs when they are becoming addicted. Over time, the signs of dependence become overwhelming and can cause relationship problems with family, friends, and even employers.
Rather than becoming dependent, there are three things you can do to prevent opioid dependence:
1. Know the Dangers of Opioid Abuse and Teach your Family and Friends
Research has shown that substance abuse and addiction occurs in adolescents younger than 18. For most, dependence takes hold through smoking, dipping, or recreational marijuana use. After a while, the need for a better high consumes them and they look into harder substances. For some, substance abuse comes from prescribed medication that helps them to feel better, and then they no longer feel better when they stop taking the prescription.
As a parent, take the time to be involved with your children. Educate them on the dangers of substance abuse. Give them more than the “drugs are bad” speech; take the time to help them understand the effects different drugs can have on them, including prescription drugs.
If you are by yourself and alone, stay connected to your family. Hiding from your family makes it harder for them to see changes in your behavior which may help them identify problems early on.
2. Follow the Directions of your Physician Regarding Use and Dosage
Opioids are prescribed to treat chronic pain. However, opioid dependence is a legitimate threat and it is not easy to overcome on your own.
Never take more than the recommended dose, as prescribed by your physician. If you feel that your dosing is too low, speak with your physician and explain your reasoning. They may see fit to increase your dosage or prescribe another alternative. Never take more than what they prescribe.
If you feel uncomfortable taking opioids, or have a problem with substance abuse or dependence, request an alternative. It would be better to feel some pain than to become trapped in a never-ending cycle of dependence or substance abuse.
3. Get Rid of Unused or Expired Prescriptions, Especially Opioids
It is important to properly dispose of unused prescriptions so that they cannot be taken by anyone purposely or accidentally.
Most medicines can be disposed of in the trash, with the exceptions of those included on the FDA Flush List. Proper disposal of non-flush list drugs should be removed from their original containers, mixed with food or rubbish, placed in a sealed container such as a plastic, zippered bag, and thrown out in the garbage. Also, you should do all you can to remove the personal information from the containers to prevent identity theft.
If You Need Help With Opioid Dependence
Fritz Clinic helps individuals overcome opioid dependence every day. Using proven treatment methods, we help to slowly wean individuals off of opioids, helping to restore a natural balance to their unbalanced life.
We understand the importance of a strong team standing behind you, encouraging you, helping you make the right decisions. If you are ready to change your future, call us and schedule an appointment to take your life back.